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Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
Provost of the Loreseekers Soul Shepherd
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Age: 29 | Height: 6'2" | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 10 (Level 2 Abandoned) - Strg: 30 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 30
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The mud was beginning to get ambitious, there was no doubt about that. Normally Jigano encouraged all who wished to learn and expand their horizons to make use of the Atheneum, and he didn't care whether they came on two legs, or four, or six. But even he had his limits, and the mud that was slowly schlorping its way up the Atheneum's stairs? They'd found them.

Barrels were lined up nearby, and shovels that had recently been used to move snow were already being put to work by Jigano and a few willing souls among the townsfolk who also wanted to keep their reading hoard from being overrun with animate mud. The Provost was working with grim determination to shovel back the ambitious goop as it oozed up the steps, buying time while others tried to corral it and get it dumped into the barrels. Once they were full they'd hammer the lids on them and cart them out to the fields where the stuff could do less damage, and maybe fertilize the earth a bit with the magic in it.

Here, though, it was nothing but trouble, and Jigano paused to wipe his brow as he surveyed the difficult task still underway. The only upside to the situation was that the mud moved slowly.

Thank goodness for that!

Peter
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Peter Launceleyn
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More and more often, Peter was finding himself in the aetheneum, some book or another in his arms and a quiet, hidden spot picked out. He had a few favourites, and he’d actually become quite adept at keeping away from anyone else who might be in the building. It was a nice, quiet place.

Today was different. The steps were overrun with mud, and, almost worse, other people gathered around, trying to stop the slow encroach. Peter considered turning around and waiting until this was cleaned up by other people, but something about that felt... scummy. So instead, he struggled through the mud to the top of the stairs, where a man with silver hair seemed to be directing the people working.

So, Peter did what he did best, and presented himself as useful. ”Hello.” He said softly, not wanting to interrupt. ”Is there... I mean, can I... can I help?” Just to emphasize, he gestured out towards the mud.

Peter
Perfectly able to hold my own hand,
But I still can’t kiss my own neck;



Peter is very heavily scarred, most noticeably on his hands

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Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
Provost of the Loreseekers Soul Shepherd
Portal Guardian
Age: 29 | Height: 6'2" | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 10 (Level 2 Abandoned) - Strg: 30 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 30
ISUMA - Mythical - Gryphon (venomous)
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The dark-haired man who approached was only vaguely familiar to the bard. He'd seen him around the Guildhall during LongNight, he thought, though at the time Jigano had been so sunk in mourning that he had made little effort to reach out. Now, though, every helping hand was a welcome addition in the fight, and Jigano nodded, flashing the stranger a subdued but grateful smile.

"Thank you, yes, anything you're willing to do would be welcome," he agreed. "We need all the help we can get with this. There are shovels up against the building - grab whichever one you'd like. I could use a hand up here on the steps trying to push the mud back so the others can try and wrangle it into the barrels." He nodded to those on the ground a few steps down who were fighting a (not very efficient) battle to get shovel-fulls of mud into the barrels, where it promptly tried to ooze back out. "If we can just get it off the steps here I might be able to help corral it on the ground." There wasn't much he could do with the stone steps, but once they had it all back on the earthen ground below, he had an idea...

"I'm Jigano, by the way. Of the Loreseeker's Guild," he added with a flicker of a sad smile. "I don't think I've caught your name before...?"
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Peter Launceleyn
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Peter nodded, glad his help was accepted, though he hadn’t really thought it might be turned away. He turned to grab a shovel, fighting his way through the mud again. Honestly, he wasn’t sure if he was relieved or annoyed that he’d lost his boots earlier, but at least it meant he didn’t have to worry about it now.

”If you have um... access to water, I can probably... uh, I can push it down easier.” He offers, a little cryptically, though he’s already going to work with the shovel. Might as well not waste time, right? And a wave of water would be more efficient than the shovels, at least until the ground, and whatever the silver haired mans plan was then.

The introduction caught him a little by surprise, blue eyes turning back to Jigano, his hands still moving the shovel. ”I’m Peter. Do um.. do you... take care of this place? Not just um, you, loreseekers you?” He asked, tipping his head back towards the library they were trying to protect.

Peter
Perfectly able to hold my own hand,
But I still can’t kiss my own neck;



Peter is very heavily scarred, most noticeably on his hands

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Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
Provost of the Loreseekers Soul Shepherd
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Age: 29 | Height: 6'2" | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 10 (Level 2 Abandoned) - Strg: 30 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 30
ISUMA - Mythical - Gryphon (venomous)
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Jigano nodded gratefully as the stranger rejoined him with shovel in hand, and between the two of them the work went a little faster. He hummed thoughtfully at the mention of water, but could only shake his head regretfully. "There's not much water in the Atheneum. Too much chance of damaging the books if it spills. We've got sand barrels set up in case of fire, but unless it rains I don't think we'll be able to just wash the mud away so easily." He thought that the man just meant dumping some barrels over and diluting the mud, but even that he wasn't so certain of. Given the mud's magical properties he wasn't sure it could just be rinsed away. Still, it was worth investigating. "If you can get some and bring it back here, though, we can try it."

Peter's surprise was a curious thing to Jigano. Introductions to people you just met weren't usually unexpected, but the man seemed the quiet and nervous sort - a lot like Sam when they had first met, and the bard found himself smiling more warmly than he might otherwise have as he nodded and heaved another shovelful of muck back down the steps. "Unofficially, I suppose we do," he agreed easily. "Our Hall is in the basement, and much of our work involves the archives here, so we have a vested interest in keeping up the place. Last year we worked together with a number of the people from town to repair the hole in the building, and now... well, here we are again," he agreed with a grin that held a tinge of sadness. Here he was, with some of those same townsfolk who owed the guild favors or were inclined to pitch in, or just wanted to protect their favorite reading spot...

But the members of his guild who would normally be there to support him (Caiside...) were not.
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Peter Launceleyn
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Peter bit his lip, but nodded. It made sense to not have water near the books, even if he wouldn’t have considered it without the other mans prompting. He could still go get a bucket, but the amount he could carry wouldn’t put a dent in the stuff trying to enter the building. It might make it even more determined. ”No, I... I don’t think I’ll um... be able to being in enough... enough to help.” Still, he tried to pull at the mud a little bit, to use his magic to force it away, or at least dry it out enough to make this easier. But if his efforts made a difference, he didn’t really notice it.

”Only unofficially?” That seemed a bit strange to Peter as well. If the guild was hosted in the basement, and had a vested interest in the place, why wouldn’t they be the official caretakers? ”That’s um... why I wanted to help though. I spend... a lot of, uh... I spend some time here. And it... I mean, with uh, with everyone, it’ll be better fast, right?” Peter tried to add a proper smile to his words, wanting to ease the melancholy that came from Jigano. He assumed it was his words that brought it about, and felt at least a little responsible, though it hadn’t been his intention.

Trying to change the subject, Peter floundered for a moment before speaking. ”Do you um... what kind of uh, of work... do you do?” Well, so much for getting away from the subject, and it was too late to take the words back.

Peter
Perfectly able to hold my own hand,
But I still can’t kiss my own neck;



Peter is very heavily scarred, most noticeably on his hands

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Jigano Silversmith
the Sage
Provost of the Loreseekers Soul Shepherd
Portal Guardian
Age: 29 | Height: 6'2" | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 10 (Level 2 Abandoned) - Strg: 30 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 30
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The bard merely shrugged at Peter's decision to not get water. If he'd had a way to create it, or telekinetically lift heavy barrels of it, it would have been worth trying. His decision not to didn't make the current situation any worse, and his presence with the shovel made things visibly better as they were able to force the mud down a step and towards the barrelers helping below. "It was still a good notion," was all he said. "But we're making much better progress together than I Was alone."

The question earned a wry smile as Jigano sent a shovelful of goop sailing to the bottom of the steps where it promptly tried to schlorp around a man's boot. "We don't own the Atheneum, even if we work in it. The building and the books belong to everyone... and there aren't really enough of us to maintain the building without help anyways. Not anymore." Their numbers had been greater, once, but that was seasons ago now and those that remained were barely holding together at the seams as it was. Still, he smiled back encouragingly at Peter's reason for helping and the attempted smile to lighten the conversation. He seemed painfully shy and nervous, but he was trying, and that was enough for Jigano. "It's already going faster. Every hand helps with things like this." And every shovel - though Peter would find some tenacious mud trying to cling to his blade and crawl up the handle as the not-quite-sentient stuff grew bolder.

The question that came was one Jigano was usually prepared for, and today was no exception. He shook some grabby mud from his own shovel with a faint grimace as it spattered his already-muddy trousers, then bent his shoulders to scoop more of the enterprising muck away as it tried to reclaim lost ground. "I... well, we, in the guild... collect and preserve knowledge," he panted, tackling the mud with renewed vigor. "From books in the Atheneum... from the memories and stories of the people here... or by going out in the world, exploring and discovering new information to bring back and chronicle here... so people can more easily access it," he explained between shovelings.

"And you? What work do you do here?"
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